Horse ban after failing to care for animals

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A HORSE keeper has been sentenced for repeatedly failing to look after animals in her care.

Renee Walker, 31, of North Street, Middle Rasen, has been banned from keeping horses for 12 months and ordered to pay £500 costs to the RSPCA, Grimsby Magistrates’ Court heard.

Walker – previously of Grasby Road, North Kelsey Moor – pleaded guilty to six offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

An RSPCA spokesman said: “We hope the sentence will mean that further animals will be prevented from suffering.”

Walker failed to make sure a chestnut mare at The Orchards in Utterby, Louth, was protected from pain, injury and suffering between July 13, 2010 and August 3, 2010 after she did not get a vet to treat an injury to its nose.

During this time Walker failed to make sure the horse was given a suitable diet for its breed, age, sex and condition.

The court heard how Walker admitted failing to get veterinary care for a bay mare with an injured right front knee, between January 4, 2011 and January 6, 2011 at Pinneys Farm in Smithy Lane, Bigby. Walker did not make sure the horse was protected from suffering.

Walker admitted three allegations of failing to make sure the needs of a dun gelding were met, between January 1, 2011 and January 11, 2011 at Cress Cottage Livery in Marsh Lane, Healing.

She did not explore and address the causes of the horse’s weight loss, protect the horse from suffering by controlling internal parasites and failed to make sure it had a suitable diet.

Walker was also accused of six allegations of causing unnecessary suffering to animals, but these were dismissed by the court.